(WTNH)–Stefanie Dolson averaged 10 points, 6 rebounds and nearly 2 assists with the Washington Mystics last season. But nothing she could have done on the court will have as big of an impact as her collabortation on an article with ESPN’s Katie Barnes published on Wednesday.
Dolson, whose list of accomplishments at UConn include being named a first team All-American and winning back to back national titles, came out as an LGBT athlete.
“Not everyone in the WNBA needs to be out, but I feel called to lead an authentic life in the open. I know who I am and I don’t care if people judge me. I am 6-5, and I dye my hair purple and experiment a lot with fashion,” Dolson said in the article.
“My motto is: If they’re going to stare, they might as well stare at something fun. There are a lot of girls who struggle being who they are. We need people who are out so that those girls know it’s OK to be themselves, regardless of stereotypes. By being open, I give them someone to look up to, and however they identify, I can inspire them to support equality and LGBT issues.”
“Everyone is different, even within the LGBT community. As someone who is more fluid, there are times when I feel like I don’t belong anywhere. I don’t necessarily identify with a label, so it can be difficult sometimes feeling like I don’t fit neatly in a specific place,” she said.
“I just am who I am. And I’m happy.”
You can check out the entire article here.